Water Under Threat

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Zed Books, 2006 - 208 pages
This richly documented book asks the major questions about the enormously important political and geostrategic issue of water. Does water have a price? Is it a right or a need? Is there a water crisis? Will wars be fought over water? Should we be worried about water pollution? Can the available technological solutions keep it under control? It also provides some elements of an answer. It shows that the ways in which water is used and managed raise central issues about our lifestyle, our ethics, and our relationship to nature and the biosphere. It makes the case for a society that is more economical with water, and calls for global management of water resources in a spirit of solidarity, openness, and respect for the rules of democracy.
 

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Introduction
1
A symbol and a source of fascination for artists and scientists
7
Unparalleled symbolism
9
research continues
37
Water as a political issue
47
The problem of distribution and management
49
Geostrategy power and struggles
58
Water and conflicts
65
A water crisis?
86
A common good coveted by the market
96
Water and health
125
Pollution in many different forms
142
The question of dams
159
Water and development ethics
175
Notes
184
Further reading
196

A painful issue in Algeria
74

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À propos de l'auteur (2006)

Mohamed Larbi Bouguerra is a former professor at the science faculty of Tunis University, and a former associate director of research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is in charge of the Water Programme of the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World.

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